The Pacific Current January 10, 2013

As we begin APP's exciting 100th Anniversary Year, only a few discounted hotel rooms are left at the Marriott Ihilani Resort in Hawaii for next week's Winter Conference.  Now is your last chance to reserve your room for January 17-18!

Newly confirmed Winter Conference speakers and complete Conference details are listed below.

And you'll want to read on for the latest news about individual Pacific Ports and new APP members!

Last Call for Winter Conference, More Expert Speakers Announced
New Member: HDR Engineering
San Diego Elects New Officers
Grays Harbor Gets Business Park
Taichung Wins More Ferry Traffic
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Time is running out to register for APP's Winter Conference.  Only a few discounted hotel rooms are left in our room block, and these must now be reserved by contacting APP staff directly (  The Marriott Ihilani Resort hotel is otherwise sold out during and after our Conference.    


Thursday & Friday, January 17-18, 2013

Marriott Ihilani Resort, Oahu, Hawaii

Click here to register!


Timely port industry issues, outstanding speakers, plentiful networking time, and a beautiful setting await you at APP's Winter Conference.  We've already announced that Economist & Council on Revenues Chair Dr. Paul Brewbaker, FCS Senior Project Manager Todd Chase, Xanatos Marine Sales Manager Kris English & Agent Captain Manny Aschemeyer, Port of Stockton General Counsel Steve Herum, Terex Port Solutions Manager for North America Bob Histon, CARDO TEC Infrastructure Management Practice Leader Jim Hunt, Hugh Wood Managing Director Michael Johnson, Port of Morrow Commissioners Marvin Padberg and Don Russell, Schrader Co. Sales Partner Tom Spear, Moffatt & Nichol Coastal Engineer Dr. Dilip Trivedi, and North West & Canada Cruise Association President Greg Wirtz will all speak at the Winter Conference in January.  


Here are three additional examples of the excellent confirmed speakers for this Winter Conference:



Kirk Anderson, Managing Principal, ACTIONPOINTE
Kirk is a multi-faceted and principled leader with 32 years of diverse business experience and degrees from the Wharton School and Washington State University.  He is known for his demonstrated ability to lead complex and challenging projects, bring fresh thinking and uncommon insight to situations, and to empower and align diverse groups around common goals.  Accomplished at developing leaders, creating effective teams, and fostering adaptability to dynamic environments, Kirk founded ACTIONPOINTE to assist organizations and individuals in enhancing performance and effectiveness through strategic, leadership, and career development.
Richard Price, Program Manager

EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc. 


Richard is a Professional Engineer with more than 25 years experience in program management, storm water permit compliance, low impact and sustainable design, environmental monitoring and training, stream and wetland reinstatement, surface and subsurface computer modeling, site remediation design, and irrigation system development.  He has experience in the complete progression of project development and implementation.  Richard has lived and worked in Nepal and the former Soviet Union where, in addition to his environmental consulting experience, he worked to construct irrigation systems and economically and environmentally sustainable housing, water supply, and sanitation facilities for refugees.



Mark Ambler, PE, PMP, Weston Solutions 

Mark is a licensed professional civil engineer in Hawaii and a certified project management professional.  He chairs the General Contractors Association Sustainable Construction and Renewable Energy Committee. and is a member of the State Environmental Council.  He received his BS in Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Mark has been working for Weston Solutions, Inc. since 2005 -- and has been supporting the Hawaii Department of Transportation's Harbors Division since 2009 in their efforts to achieve compliance with the Clean Water Act.



The Marriott Ihilani Hotel & Resort is an amazing secluded retreat just 20 miles from Honolulu International Airport offering a relaxing atmosphere, private cove for swimming and snorkeling, and excellent conference and golf facilities. Our discounted hotel room rates are very affordable, starting at just $186 per night including free parking!  Only a few discounted hotel rooms are left in our room block, and these must now be reserved by contacting APP staff directly (



Your companion may join you in Hawaii and participate for free in all Conference events including the amazing Paradise Cove Luau (known as "Hawaii's Best Luau").  


In addition, a special Friday companion-only tour of the Honolulu Museum of Art will be followed by lunch in a restaurant surrounded by gardens, a waterfall, mature trees, and spectacular sculptures. 


Special thanks to our generous Winter Conference Sponsors:


Port of Long Beach, California USA

Matson Navigation

Port of Longview, Washington USA

Horizon Lines

Port of Hueneme, California USA

Port of St. Helens, Oregon USA

Taiwan International Ports Corporation, ROC

ALX Technology

Pohnpei Port Authority, FSM


Just two more Winter Conference sponsorship opportunities are left!

Click here to sponsor online -- or call 503-653-5868.

We have special Winter Conference air travel discount codes with both Delta and United Airlines. 

Please visit the link below for more information.

Click here to register for next week's APP Winter Conference!


We welcome APP's newest Associate Member:

HDR Engineering, Inc.!  


HDR Engineering, headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska USA, is a global employee-owned firm providing architecture, engineering, consulting, construction, and related services through various operating companies.  Founded in 1917, HDR employs more than 8,000 professionals in 185 locations. Their maritime market division provides planning, feasibility studies, condition assessments, permitting, design, inspection, and much more for numerous Pacific port clients.


Click here to learn more about HDR Engineering or contact Pacific Northwest Ports Manager Sue Laszlo at   


Welcome to APP, HDR Engineering!
San Diego Ann MooreSan Diego Bob NelsonPort of San Diego, California USA Commissioner Ann Moore was sworn this month as Chair of the Board of Port Commissioners for 2013.  Commissioner Bob Nelson (upper right) was sworn in as Vice Chair and Commissioner Dan Malcolm (lower right) was sworn in as Secretary.


"As a Port, we just reached a huge milestone: our 50th anniversary," Moore said.  "It's a time to reflect on what we have accomplished since the Port was established in San Diego Dan Malcolm1962.  And it's a  time to look ahead and begin planning for the next 50 years." 

Moore said that her theme for 2013 is "A Port for All," which she said encompasses both Integrated Planning - a philosophy that approaches planning in context with surrounding areas - and inclusive decision making with stakeholder participation.


Watch this new video presentation that showcases San Diego's Integrated Planning.

The Port of Grays Harbor, Washington USA recently took over the reigns of the Satsop Business Park, a 1,850-acre mixed-use business and technology park located in nearby Elma, Washington. 
The site has been transformed during the last dozen years from an unfinished nuclear power plant abandoned in the 1980's to the home of more than 30 businesses.  It offers 440 acres of developed, pad-ready land and buildings supported by super-sized infrastructure and surrounded by 1,350 acres of sustainable managed forestland.  This consolidation with the Port of Grays Harbor allows business park tenants full access to the port's deep-water harbor, full service marina, and jet-capable airport.  A newly renovated barge slip offers water access via the Chehalis River to the port's ocean terminals for intercontinental and short sea shipping.
The Port of Taichung, TIPC in Taiwan ROC reports that the number of passengers using the port's ferry terminal for cross-Taiwan Strait travel increased 500% in 2012, mostly due to increased ferry services to and from mainland China.

The port reported 120,000 cross-strait passengers in 2012, compared to only 20,000 in 2011. The increase in traffic attributed to the addition of four ferries per week between Taichung and the southeastern Chinese province of Fujian.



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Please save these dates and plan to attend these upcoming APP conferences and seminars:  
HawaiiDOTJANUARY 17-18, 2013
APP Winter Conference
Hosted by Hawaii Harbors Division
Marriott Ihilani Resort
PortofSeattleAPRIL 17, 2013
APP Spring Fly-in Fly-out Seminar 
"Building Sustainable Ports"
Seattle/Tacoma International Airport (SEA)


PORCAUGUST 4-7, 2013
APP 100th Annual Conference
Hosted by Port of Redwood City        
Sofitel San Francisco Bay Hotel
Redwood City, CALIFORNIA USA     


JULY 2014
APP 101st Annual Conference
Hosted by Port of Longview


Kaohsiung Logo JULY 2015
APP 102nd Annual Conference
Hosted by Port of Kaohsiung, TIPC
Kaohsiung, TAIWAN ROC
JULY 2016
APP 103rd Annual Conference
Hosted by Port of Hueneme
Port Hueneme, CALIFORNIA USA  


Please feel free to contact your APP staff with your questions, concerns, or requests:  
Dave Hunt, Executive Director:

Lisa Pomasl, Deputy Director:

Brian Wright, Operations Manager:

Telephone: 503.653.5868
Fax: 503.654.8259